Three firms share £87m of flood defence work

The Environment Agency has awarded £87.4m of flood defence asset management work to three contractors.

ECS Engineering Services was appointed to deliver maintenance and repair work across the body’s central region in a deal estimated at £28.5m. The Nottinghamshire firm also won the £18.4m South East lot and a £7.7m role in the North East.

Meanwhile, Leeds firm Amalgamated Construction will look after flood defences in the North West (£8.3m) and Wessex (£17.6m).

And Galliford Try has been appointed for Devon and Cornwall, with an estimated value of £6.9m.

The Environment Agency said duties delivered under the framework will include mechanical & electrical works, instrumentation control and automation services.

These will support the operation, repair and maintenance of a variety of flood defence assets such as lock gates, pumping stations, river level maintenance weirs, and flow and level measurement systems.

The framework will last for an initial three years with an optional 12-month extension based on performance.

Environment Agency chiefs last week launched a “thorough investigation” into a flood-defence system that failed to protect homes from damage during Storm Babet.

An £8m project finished six years ago aimed to reduce the risk of overflow from the River Bain affecting 169 properties in Horncastle, but Lincolnshire County Council confirmed that up to 80 properties were flooded in October’s extreme weather.

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